Who Is Uncle Tom's Cabin, By Harriet Beecher Stowe?

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In Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a character states, “The most dreadful part of slavery, to my mind, is its outrages on the feelings and affections, - the separation of families, for example.”(104) Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a powerful story that highlights the importance of slavery and the effects it had on African Americans for 245 years. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote this book during the Civil War, which in my personal opinion was the peak of slavery in the country. Post war, there was an Era known as Reconstruction – in which the 13th amendment passed, officially abolishing slavery. This was a massive step for the United States, and changed our lives forever. Stowe points out that having human rights, does not genuinely express you as a free human – a tough pill to swallow for African American’s during the Reconstruction era. There has never been a movie made for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, due to fear of offending audiences and upsetting several people. Under certain circumstances, Uncle Tom’s Cabin can adapt to a more mellow, educated audience without antagonizing them, but would be more understanding to viewers if it provided them with a with a story they can identify with.
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin can be an extremely sensitive book to some people, and a compelling novel to others. In order for dramatization of the book without much offense given, it should be limited only to people that can handle the material inside. Stowe has offended people with her language and perspective. However, she has made a change in the way people view slavery in the United States, and the unfavorable effect it had on how we look at African Americans today. She has given us an important message to consider; what does being “free” actually mean? After the slaves gained their freedom, they still weren’t treated equally to other humans. Can anyone ever be truly “free?” As life goes on, we’ll figure it
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